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How do you start your day?

 
Morning routines can be automatic, and mundane. They can be compromised of a bunch of habits that have become second nature and often creates little awareness as you begin the day.
 
How you start off your day can set the tone...

Moving Through Instead of Moving On

 
Has anyone ever told you to just move on or to just let it go? How does it feel to hear those words? What does it even mean to move on from something or to really let something go? Is...

Hakomi and the Sensitivity Cycle

 
In my most recent blog, I introduced Hakomi Mindfulness-Centered Somatic Psychotherapy, and the five principles it is based on.
 
Today I will outline one Hakomi “map, ” which can be useful in gaining insight into the patterns we sometimes find ourselves...

What Did Freud Really Teach Us?

When people think about counselling, what often comes to mind is Freud. Usually, when people think about Freud, they think about his crazy ideas of sex. Surprisingly, Freud has a lot to teach us.
One of Freud’s most important contributions to...

The Inner-Critic

 
Many of us have a little voice in our head with a running commentary of our lives. “I have to pick up the dry-cleaning today,” “I wonder what the weather is like.” “Ugh – I missed the turn.” This inner...

What is Therapy?

I often come across people who have never been to therapy and/or they are not aware of the process which makes therapy work. The reason for therapy can vary based on individual clients’ goals and needs. For example, for someone...

Riding the Wave

We all experience periods in our life where we do not feel at our best. Some of us experience it more than others, and some of the experiences can be more or less severe. Here are a few tips to...

Hakomi Mindfulness-Centered Somatic Psychotherapy

 
I recently completed the two-year training for Hakomi Mindfulness-Centered Somatic Psychotherapy. Of all approaches I’ve been trained in thus far, this one resonates most closely with me. A review of the five underlying principles may give you a sense of...

Is Your Guilt True or False?

Throughout our life and interactions with others we have difficult emotions that arise. One of these most difficult emotions is guilt. At times, we use guilt to motivate us. We use statements such as ‘I should do better”, “I should...

Metamorphosis

There are stages of change that an insect goes through as it matures. This change process is called Metamorphosis. First an egg is formed.  Then, with just the right temperature and environment, larva hatches from the egg. Once the larva...